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The Basque Country: A Cultural History (Landscapes of the Imagination) Hardcover – December 27, 2007

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Product Details

  • Series: Landscapes of the Imagination
  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press (December 27, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0195328000
  • ISBN-13: 978-0195328004
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 1.3 x 5.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #517,502 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"The Basque Country is full of gems.... Woodworth has a good eye for architecture and topography.... This is a splendid portrait of a bewitching land."--Financial Times

"An enthralling homage...deserves to rank as [the] companion of Julio Medem's film, The Basque Ball."--The Sunday Tribune

"A terrific modern introduction to the Basque Country...succeeds in showing us the complexities of the Basque struggle for identity."--Irish Times

"He weaves a rich tapestry from his catalogue of stories and journeys but is not slow to criticise, often with acerbic wit...knows his subject intimately...a roller-coaster ride around the region...expands our idea of identity in a world of sameness...more than a travel book. Through this valuable record of a culture surviving, often thriving, we share a richness and depth often missing from modern life. Woodworth guides us down that road with style and intensity, until you want to savour the uniqueness of the Basque country first-hand."--Sunday Business Post

"A spectacular achievement by any standards. Definitive in scope and lyrical in to set alongside any of the finest travel writing of recent decades."--The Hot Press

"A marvellous book...subtle and ironic...he has] an exasperated love for this buy this book if you are going to the Basque Country, or if you have no intention of ever going but enjoy armchair exploration."--The Dubliner

About the Author

Paddy Woodworth has written about the Basque Country for thirty years, and is the author of Dirty War, Clean Hands: ETA, the GAL and Spanish Democracy, described by Paul Preston as "one of the best books ever published on post-Franco Spain."

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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By D. Downes on February 13, 2011
Format: Hardcover
This is a very interesting and well-written book. It has a lot of historical information that is helpful in understanding the Basque people. A significant part of the book is organized by region, and at that point it reads more like a travel guide. I preferred the thematic parts of the book. I was disappointed that basic questions I had about Basque culture were not answered.
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I was expecting something a little more balance for a general reader. Instead the book is an odd cluster of items that interest the writer, without a clear integration of his themes.
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